There are many reasons where a device like this could come in handy. For those who are constantly upgrading this and that, extra parts begin to stack up all the time. If you either don't have RAID capabilities with your current system or don't feel like messing with that type of storage method, this could be an answered prayer. Alternatively, you might be hiding your less than acceptable movie collections (yeah, that means porn) somewhere about six subdirectories deep so your folks or significant other doesn't find them by accident. In either of these scenarios the Thermaltake SilverRiver can be of great help to you.
With the easy installation and WinXP's ability to install the device without any driver support, this external drive system allows you to make use of that spare hard drive and keep important data safely stored for future needs. This would make a very simple means to back up your important data before your next reformat. You can even easily image your drive and put the drive away for safekeeping. There are any number of uses for a toy like this.
After testing speeds we can also see that the SilverRiver allows you to make full use of your old drive in most situations. As mentioned before, I wouldn't recommend it for a gaming partition, but most other uses are fair game.
Pricing isn't available just yet so I can't comment on this factor of the device, but I can say that Thermaltake products don't tend to be greatly overpriced as a rule.
Bottom line... If you've been looking for a use for those spare hard drives sitting around, this is your chance to give them a fresh lease on life. Easy installation, simple setup and decent speeds all amount to a very good product that will keep those hard drives spinning. If you've got spare USB ports and drive letters not being used, you've got room for more storage.
No real setup required (for WinME and beyond)
Active cooling included
Decent data transfer speeds
Any size hard drive works
While workable, speeds could be faster
Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editors Choice Award!
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